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Stout Institute Alumnus 

A 'publication issued quarterly by the 
Alumni Association of The Stout Institute 

Volume II April, 1928, Number 4 

Industrial Arts Courses and Budgets 
By Jay F. Knowlton 

Duties of One Home Economist 
By Irma J. Bertrams 

Stout and the College Associations 

Advanced Standing for Stout Graduates 

News of the Locals 

Published at The Stout Institute Menomonie, Wisconsin 

J" • 
Entered as second-class matter June 19, 1926, at the post office 

at Menomonie, Wis., under the act of August 24, 1912 

All Alumni will be glad to know that 


I- Has been accorded an "A" class college rating by the 
American Association of Teachers Colleges. 

II. Has been accepted as a member of the North Central 
Association of Colleges. 

! _ 111. Has incorporated into its 1928 catalog a thorough 
revision of. all courses indicating material departures from 
former standards. 

Write for the new catalog. 

We believe you should earn your degree here where you 
laid the foundation for it. 

We believe you are justified in recommending the school 
to your young friends. 



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Industrial Arts Courses and Budgets 

By Jay F. Kowlton, Supervisor, Industrial Arts Work, Hibbing, Mtan. 

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With the ever increasing demands that are being made -upon the 
public school system of this country comes the ever increasing demand 
for more funds with which to operate it. Perhaps at no time in our 
history has there been a greater growth in such, demand and at no time 
have there been more questions asked as to the cost of operating such a 
system. The dangers which accompany such an era of questions is that 
reductions may take place in such a way that the interests of the pupil 
will not be safeguarded. We often lose sight of the fact that our school 
system was built for the children of the nation only. With danger in 
sight it behooves us as operators of this system to reduce educational 
costs so far as possible with no impediment to the. system's education. 

It has been said that there are but three classes of school systems 
so far as the budget is concerned: those that have had their fight with a 
reduced budget, those that are now fighting with such a demon, and those 
systems that are going to have such a fight. 

The misconception' that Hibbing has unlimited funds with which to 
operate its schools seems a common fact in the minds of many. It is 
true that Hibbing has had seven years of plenty, but it is also true that 
we are now approaching the proverbial seven years of famine. Having 
met the- seven years of famine so abruptly, the problem of reducing costs 
in each department has been an interesting one. Hibbing has ample 
funds upon which to operate, but only insofar as each department op- 
erates efficiently. The Industrial department has made its contribution 
and in so doing has gained information which may be of benefit to 
others; hence the presentation. 

The Hibbing industrial system is much like that of any other city 
having the same population. It makes woodwork a compulsory shop sub- 
ject iii the fifth, sixth, and eighth grades. Iron work, sheet metal work 
and electricity are required in the seventh grades. All other industrial 
work is elective. There are in operation five wood working ■ shops, two 
electrical shops, two automotive shops, two forge shops, a machine shop, 
foundry and print shop. Three mechanical drawing rooms take care of 
the drawing, all of which work is elective. Hibbing is different from 
other systems in that it did not have a supervisor in this department 
until 1924. 

With the passage of the Per Capita law it was found necessary to 
inaugurate a program of efficiency to reduce the cost of operation. This 
was done by the introduction of a budget system such as is recommended 
by the state department. In all such budget plans the salary expendi- 
tures were placed under a separate head from that of operation. In- 

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structional costs then are not to beconsidered in this article, but rather 
operation cost. The budget for operation had to take care of two items, 
the replacement of hand tools which are worn out or broken by the stu- 
dent, and such materials as are consumed in operation. By checking we 
were able to correct any irregularities in the first item. The second 
item however gave a very different problem, as there "was a very large, 
difference between the amount expended for supplies and the "amount 

The cause for this large difference in amounts was due to many 
causes, but the fundamental cause was that the student did not take his 
project' home or contribute to the short fund. This trouble of course was 
due to the lack of interest which would show that the projects ' were ' 
dead. One other reason for the lack of interest was the high cost of the 
project due to high cost of material. Often it was necessary to sell the 
projects at fifty per cent of their cost to bring' them in reach of the boy. 
The fact was not lost sight of that if the projects were well made and 
were modern that every boy would purchase his work, but the fact still 
remains that it is necessary for an industrial department to compete 
with industries. You cannot sell a project to a boy at a figure higher 
or even equal to the. retail cost. 

After making' a definite check on cost of materials and the returns 
by the sale of them it was found in charting the results that our cost 
per student was high. The chart reproduced here shows our findings 
wliich are shown. under the year 1925. It told another story in that our 
cost per student was higher in the grades having the greatest number of 
students. These grades were fifth to eighth inclusive, which condition is 
due to the fact that the work is compulsory. This is not the only story 
told by the chart, but it was the first problem with" which we had to cope. 
Such stories as the high cost of mechanical drawing, the low cost of 
advanced woodwork as well as the high cost of machine. shop operation 
were all very interesting. 

1. Purchasing materials at a lower cost so as to bring the project 
within reach of the student and let the department compete with 
manufactured goods. • 

2. Changing projects to lower cost of material used. 

3. Purchasing Philippine mahogany as a substitute for high priced 
mahogany which made possible a more extensive use of this 
class of woods. 

4. Changing designs to increase attractiveness. 

5. Designing problems to meet the ability of the medium boy so as 
to complete more work. 

6. Increased stress and time on finish. 

7. Standardization, of projects so as to make possible the purchase 
of stock which will cut to best advantage: • 

8. Spraying the lacquer finishes to reduce costs of the lacquer. 


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The results of these changes can be seen in the chart presented. 
The above changes, cannot 'Be made in six weeks nor six years as it is a 
continuous problem. This is made necessary by the ever changing wants 
of the human race, the necessary educational results demanded, and the 
ever, changing methods in industry. 

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We were successful in reducing costs of materials fifty per cent by 
opportune buying. The changing of design gave us a waiting list for 
unsold projects in place of a store room or unpurchased projects. New 
standardized projects brought new interest by the instructor, hence 
better selling plans, better finish, and all projects completed. A definite 
cost record for each project per class gives a definite directing finger to 
the source of high costs. 

The selection of projects used are of the utmost importance. It is 
interesting to note how a new project goes over with the student and the 
instructor. Where slight increase costs are shown for -1927 it has been 
due in every case to misjudgment in the selection of a project. Then 
also we have the period of saturation. No project seems to be able to 
operate more than two years, not even if repeated after years of rest. 
Often these increased costs are due, as in the machine shop, to the intro- 
duction of several two, year projects. The unfinished work shows up as 
a loss. The next year cost sheet should more than off-set this item. 

It is often necessary to increase the cost per student in a department 
in an effort to obtain the instructional material desired. This shows 
definitely in the electrical work when amateur winding was introduced, 
it is the balancing of the cost per student to the aims of the course that 
gives the problem a complicated aspect. 

The point that is of interest in the results of these efforts is that 
in the reduction of cost, we have been able to maintain a higher standard 
of instruction, use better materials and come nearer reaching the aims 
of our course than ever before. The parents, students, and instructors 
are more interested than ever. We have been able to increase the 
number of students reached as well as increase the number of courses 
offered. I 

There are systems in operation with much lower costs than those 
shown by the chart and there are systems showing a profit on students' 
work sold. We do not expect a profit, but we do expect in the near 
future to have a return equal to material costs. The changes made for 
next year in the seventh grade general shop should show a zero student 
cost and save a thousand dollars in operation for the Board of Education, 
at the same time increasing the educational value of the course. You 
who have known only famine in your department perhaps do not appre- 
ciate the difficulties to be encountered with such a program in a system 
having had seven years of plenty. The chart shows not a task completed, 
but one just started. 

The object of this article has not been to show in detail how we are 
lowering costs, but rather the fact that we know where our high cost 
is and that we have a yearly check on the different departments and do 
know definitely whex-e revision is necessary by watching the chart. 


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Duties of One Commercial Home Economist 

By Erna J. Bertrams 
Director of Food Economics, Armour and Company 

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The duties of a commercial home economist vary with the demands 
of the organization and the type of product or products manufactured. 
My work as Director of Food Economics of Armour and Company in- 
cludes not only experimental cookery but office work as well. It is a 
combination, as I like to think of it, of homemaking on a lrage scale, 
teaching, and business. 

We have a very attractive experimental or testing kitchen in which 
all our products are tested, recipes and dishes prepared for booklets, 
magazines and general publicity work. Perhaps I should say that since 
the Food Economics department is a part of the Publicity department, 
my work consists of the preparation of material for newspaper and 
magazine. This is in the form of articles as a rule; sometimes just 
recipes will do the work. All this publicity material bears our brand 

Another part of oux work which may seem interesting when you 
see it on the screen, but which isn't nearly as much fun when you are 
doing it, is the playing of parts in movies, suggesting the use of our 
products. These films are all prepared in our kitchen and those of you 
who have seen the making of a Star Ham will be able to picture the 
kitchen as I am telling you about it. 

The lecture room in connection with the kitchen is often filled to 
capacity with homemakers, students and dietitians wishing to learn more 
about meat and meat products. This includes another phase of our 
work. For our institutional projects we have an annex in which is a 
large two-door baker's oven, work bench, mixer, and other equipment 
necessary in order to prepare foods on a large scale. The consumption 
. of the dishes cooked in the kitchen is the least of our worries. There 
are always a dozen or more hungry mouths and twice as many eager 
hands to make way with the cakes, pies, roasts, stews, and other meat 
dishes prepared. 

The use of attractive dishes for newspaper work is now becoming 
the vogue. In direct connection with the advertising department, all 
dishes used in the magazine, newspaper, and out-of-door advertising 
suggesting the use of Cloverbloom or Star products, in particular butter, 
ham and bacon, are prepared in the kitchen, photographed, and then 
painted either from the photograph or from the dish. With our own 
photographer, we are in position to prepare and photograph dishes in 
attractive settings to be used for this work as well as the recipe folders. 

The Stout Institute Alumnus 

A publication issued, quarterly by the 
Alumni Association of The Stout Institute 

Printed and Published at The Stout Institute Print Shop 
Entered as Second Class mail matter at' the Post Office 

Menomonie, Wisconsin 

This Alumni Bulletin will be sent' to all members of the Stout 
Institute Alumni Association, every three months during- the school 
year. Your association dues include your subscription. 

APRIL, 1928 

3ur books, "60 Ways to Serve Ham" and "Slices of Eeal Flavor" show 
nany of the interesting dishes prepared and photographed at our 

Now let me take you through the plant of our office building because 
:>ur office and kitchen are not in the same building: — In fact there are two 
long city blocks separating' them. In our office, the recipes and informa- 
tion we have worked out hi the testing kitchen are written up and put 
in bulletin and booklet form. The articles are written, and our volume 
of correspondence is taken care of. This correspondence consists of re- 
quests from instructors, students and homemakers for our recipe books 
and other educational material, requests from homemakers for particular 
recipes, questions about various recipes they have prepared and perhaps 
"unsuccessfully," the answering of questions directly related to meat, 
meat products and the packing house. Then, we must consider the ques- 
tions coming from out 60,000 employees. We have more than 22 plants 
and 500 car routes; and the salesmen, managers, and superintendents 
meeting the public daily must be informed about any new product, 
change in method of preparation or other information that would be of 
value to the men answering the questions of the retailer and homemaker. 
The retail dealer is i another man with whom we have a great deal 
of correspondence. A reliable retailer is always aiming to give the home- 
maker good meat and teach her if possible the characteristics of good 
meat and other food products. It is amazing to learn the number of re- 
tail 'dealers anxious to become better cooks in order that they in turn 
may assist in educating the bride, who comes in to purchase meat for 
the family dinner and has not the slightest idea of what to purchase nor 
how to cook it. 

The Home Economics teachers in the field can do much to help the 
present day as well as the future homemaker. It is almost appalling to 
know how little the many homemakers know about their jobs, particular- 
ly meat purchasing and cookery. Perhaps it is because meat is such a. 
technical subject or because it is a protein product and therefore re- 


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latively expensive that the schools in their teaching of cookery have in 
the past sort of sidetracked or averted the meat problems. Perhaps that 
is why these homemakers are now so eager to learn methods of pre- 
paration and characteristics of quality meat. 

The Purnell bill and other appropriations have assisted in making it 
possible for the universities to carry on real meat work' and .without 
doubt in the near future the homemaker should have a better knowledge 
of the foods that play so important a part in the daily diet of her family. 

In addition to meat, we have been doing some most interesting 
work on jellies, jams, and fruits, lards and other shortening, butter, 
eggs, cheese and evaporated milk. From the list you will understand 
why I say the work in our department is never done and never becomes 
monotonous. It is impossible to grow one-sided when one has so many 
types of foods to deal with. Recipes and folders must be prepared for 
evaporated milk; then comes an urgent call for a folder on' grape juice. 
Perhaps the next S. O. S. is for new ways of using baked beans. Then, 
there is an experiment on poultry to see whether the feeding will make 
any great difference in the flesh of the bird and whether frozen poultry 
is not equally as tasty as fresh 

Meat lecture work takes a great deal of our time. These lectures 
are given before home economics departments at colleges, schools and 
clubs. Although we try to keep our work as close to Chicago as possi- 
ble, we are often called to one of our plants to talk before some special 
gi*oup either at the plant or club in the local city. When possible we 
prefer to use actual meat in explaining to the homemaker' or students 
the characteristics and values of meat, but often this is impractical and 
then we use our charts. 

Since my association with Armour and Company, we have prepared 
a large beef chart and another chart equal in size' but containing charts 
of the lamb, pork,, and veal animals. These charts may be had for 
school use. For student and individual use of the homemaker, we have 
the card size of the beef chart. 

We try to meet the needs of the homemaker and all our work is 
planned with that in mind. However, we do not overlook the splendid 
work that the home economics teacher is doing, and realizing that 
m 'many cases she is handicapped because of lack of funds, we have gone 
to the expense of preparing what may be called educational material — 
our charts, map, booklet, "Why Soap Cleans Clean," and "Food and 
Health," and "Appetizing and Economical Meat Dishes," are splendid 
examples of this type of material. For purely advertising distribution 
we have prepared leaflets and pamphlets carrying the brand impression 
which is our aim when doing that particular type of work. Thus you see 
as head of the department of Food Economics my work includes adver- 
tising as well as educational material. . . . . . ■ 

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The type of work we are doing here perhaps would not be suitable 

at all for another organization. This again makes the work and life of 

a commercial home economist almost hectic. There are always new 

things,, new ideas to be tried out, and new fields to explore. 

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Stout And Xne College Associations 

Since the publication of the last number of the Alumnus, things 
have happened to Stout which have made the faculty group and the 
student body here on the campus prouder than ever of their school — 
things which will make those out in the field much better pleased with 
their Alma Mater. 

In five years Stout has emerged from a school of normal school. 
rank to one of full college rank. The two year diploma course is now 
a part of the history of Stout. The three year course was discontinued 
almost as soon as it was created. The. last of the three year people 
take their diplomas this year. Nothing is offered now but the four year 
degree course. 

The chang'e has made it possible for Stout to put on a new garb 
and fco seek companionship with an entirely new group of colleges. This 
is the realization of an ambition of the new president earnestly adhered 
to ever since he had an opportunity to become familiar with local con- 
ditions and the relation of Stout to other colleges and state certificate 

In January Stout was inspected by Dr. Ned Dearborn of the De- 
partment of Vocational Education of the State of New York for the 
American Association of Teachers Colleges. At the meeting of this 
Association at Boston the last week in February the report of the com- 
mittee to whom this report was referred was made and the Association 
approved the recommendation of the inspector. Stout was given an 
"A" rating — the highest group of teachers colleges. 

This was particularly gratifying because judged by formal college 
standards and curricula Stout had much to fear. No criticisms were 
made. Some recommendations will be submitted but nothing will be 
required which cannot be supplied within the limit set. 

In February Mr. Koy W. Bixler, Assistant Recorder and Examiner, 
University of Chicago, came to survey the school for the North Central 
Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools to which association the 
President made application more than a year ago. Mr. Bixler's ex- 
amination was most thorough. The committee was most exacting when 
judged by the large number of applications rejected. A great victory 
was won when a favorable report on Stout was approved by the Asso- 
ciation in convention assembled in Chicago about the middle of March. 

Stout is now a member of two of the leading college standardizing 


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agencies in the country. It is a tremendous advance since the days 
when two years of work was offered — when two years of work was suf- 
ficient. The change in position reflects -credit upon every alumnus of 
Stout. Every alumnus now will more enthusiastically endorse Ms Alma 
Mater and will thru his influence help the administration to restablish 
the enrollment in the four year college on the same basis as maintained 
in the two year normal school. 

"Over the top in fine shape" read the wire of President Nelson to 
Director Bowman following the favorable action of the North Central 
Association. Let that be the slogan of the Alumni until the enrollment 
at Stout once more reaches the 500 mark maintained for several years 
while Stout was a two year training institution. 


Advanced Standing for Stout Graduates 

Conferences indicating that a new relationship between Stout 
bachelor degree graduates and graduate schools is about to be perfected, 
have been held in the past couple of weeks by the department directors 
of the college. Mr. Bowman has conferred or will confer with the gradu- 
ate schools at the universities of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, 
and Miss Michaels has added the University of Chicago. 

Indications are that graduates of the present curriculum in either 
school at Stout will no longer have to do additional undergraduate work 
before their bachelor's degree will admit them to these graduate schools. 
Some further curriculum changes may be made, but most of the changes 
which effected this new value of the Stout degree had already been 
made in the evolutionary process going on since the adoption of the 
four-year basis. 


Southern Calixorma Meeting 

During the meeting of the A. V. A. which met in Los Angeles De- 
cember 17 to 21, 1927, the Stout Institute club of Southern California 
held its annual meeting at the City Club in Los Angeles on the evening 
of December 19. President Amos Stetler, '06, welcomed forty alumni 
into the assembly room where introductions were made and old acquain- 
tances renewed. Amos then led his flock up to the banquet room where 
a beautifully decorated banquet table awaited the alumni who did justice 
to the remains of "California Toms." 

President Stetler started an evening of fun by having each one pre- 
sent himself and relate his experience since leaving Stout. This method 
of introduction will not be in order next year as some of the boys took 
undue advantage of the girls by figuring the elapsed time since gradua- 
tion. (Some of them didn't mind as they are now happily married.) 

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Some of the alumni of our Southern California club meeting came a 
considerable distance to be with us. Joe S. Blum, 'IS, and -wife of Oak- 
land. Joe is teaching in the Technical High school: He was awakened 
the first night in L. A. from his peaceful slumbers with an invitation to 
see L. A. via route of the real estate tours. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harlacher,- ! 08, Santa Barbara: Head of the Vocational 
Department, S. B. H. S. 

Ben Spalding 1 , r 08, San Jose: Director Industrial Education Depart- 
ment State College, San Jose. Ben was chairman of one of the A. V. A. 
meetings at which two Stout men gave addresses. 

Lynn E. Stockwell, (Porky) '13: Director Vocational Education 
Public Schools and State College, Fresno; proved to be one of the noisy 
fun makers of the evening. Lynn is still just a big, noisy boy. 

Lewis F. Best, '07: Director Bureau of Attendance and Giiidanee for 
Sacramento City Schools. He expected to be the oldest alumni present 
but found two others of his class. 

Harry L. Crockett, '16, Phoenix, Arizona: H. S. Printer. Harry 
represented the whole state of Arizona and said he was proud of it. 

William T. Elzinga, Stout Instructor 1908-12. Director of Vocational 
Education, Santa Craze High , School. He gave an interesting talk on 
what is being accomplished in vocational work in his school. 

Merritt Sloniker, of the Santa Barbara and E. E. Ericson, Head of 
Department of Vocational Education, State College, Santa Barbara, like 
all Santa Barbara representatives, tried to eut-talk the L. A. gang and 
failed as usual. 

A letter from Earl VanGilder of Sacramento was read which brought 
forth much amusement showing the good spirit between the northern and 
southern sections of the state. 

C. 0. Mulder of Watsonville and Ralph Herring of Stockton sent 
their regrets and let us know that they were with us in spirit. 

Mr. R. H. Rogers, former director, Industrial Arts Department of 
Stout, present director, Vocational Teacher Training, Milwaukee, gave an 
interesting talk about the old timers he had met in his travels in dif- 
ferent sections of the country. 

It is regretted that S. S. Judd, first instructor at Stout Instittu, 
was unable to be present because of important A. V. A. duties. He is 
present director of Vocational Education, Fowler High School at Del Roy. 
Mr. Brace, director, Vocational Education, ' St. Paul, Minn., Tieman, 
director Vocational Instruction in Colorada, Miss Erica Christensen, State 
Director of Domestic Science of Arkansas, also had A. V. A. meetings 
and could not be present. 

Mr. Clyde A. Bowman, present director of the Industrial Arts de- 
partment, Stout, gave the address of the evening. In an interesting way 


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he told of the changes and developments of the work at Stout. It was 
most interesting to the gathered alumni because of the personal touch he 
brought from Stout concerning: athletics, scholarship, tn«- !ransitio' n 
period from the two to the four year course, Student body activities and 
organizations, faculty changes, alumni, Harvey memorial room, and the 
bright future prospects for Stout Institute. Among other things, Mr. 
Bowman said that this meeting represented more classes than did any 
other alumni meeting which he has attended thus far, as the members 
present represented every period of Stout history. 

The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, 
Howard Campion, Principal Frank Wiggins Trade School, L. A.; Vice- 
President, Irma Baker, H. E. Department, Freemont H. S. in L- A.; 
Secretary-Treasurer, P. M. Krogstad, M. A. Department, Huntington 
Park Union High School, Huntington Park; Sgt.-at-Arms, Claude E. 
Nihart, Supervisor Industrial Arts, L. A. City Schools. 

Board of Directors: E. E. Ericson, Santa Barbara State College; 
Eliza Estrop, H. E. Dept., Lankershim High SchoolfLynn E. Stockwell, 
Director Vocational Education City Schools and State College, Fresno. 

— P. M. Krongstad, Secretary 

—A. D. Stetler, President. 

Pittsburgh Organizes 

President Nelson had the pleasure of seeing another local Alumni 
Club organized on his return trip from Boston early in March. 

Dr. G. D. Whitney, who carries an honorary degree from, Stout, and 
Mr. William Rasche, a degree graduate of this college, learned that Mr. 
Nelson had planned to stop to visit his niece, Miss Mildred Nokes, Stout 
'27, dietitian at the West Penn hospital in that city. Those two men got 
busy at once and with the cooperation of Emery B. Fuller and J. R. 
Wolter arranged for a reception to President Nelson. The meeting was 
held at the University Club, on Saturday morning, March 3. 

More than forty graduates, wives and husbands were present. Dr. 
R. L. Cooley of the Milwaukee Vocational School was there and gave an 
inspiring address paying high compliments to Stout. President Nelson 
spoke on "News Things at Stout." Dr. Whitney spoke on the "Equip- 
ment of Stout Graduates." 

A committee composed of Karen Fladoes, John Wolter, Emery 
Fuller, William F. Rasche, and Gerald D. Whitney was appointed to 
make a study of the situation and formulate plans for enrolling the 
Pittsburgh group as a regular alumni chapter. This committee will 
make its report at the May meeting, and there is every evidence that 
the rhapter will organize as a result. 

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Detroit Club 

The meeting of the Detroit alumni group is scheduled in connection 
with the state industrial arts convention on April 27. Director C A. 
Bowman of Stout will be among the speakers. This group still claims 
the distinction of being the largest alumni club, 

:jc * * * * * 

TL-e Chicago Alumni 

The Chicago Stout Alumni held their last regular meeting at the 
Illinois Women's Athletic Club on the 24th of March. 

Miss Grace Christian,- President, writes us that the meeting was not 
largely attended but enthusiasm was not lacking. The next meeting is 
scheduled for the last week in May when a special program will appeal 
to all Stout grads and assure a large gathering. At this meeting new 
officers will be elected. 

Miss Ella Rawlings, 434 N. Homan Avenue, Chicago, is the Secretary ^ 

of the Chicago Club. 

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Wausau Organizes 
At a meeting on November 17, a local branch of the Stout Alumni 
Association, to be know as the Wausau Stout club, was. formed. The 
officers are: C. H. Waller, president; Mildred D. Robinson, secretary- 

The club will meet at least twice each year. There are sixteen 
Stout graduates in Wausau and an effort will be made to have graduates 
in near-by towns join the club. 

— Mildred D. Robinson. 
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"Wisconsin State Meeting 

The Milwaukee club sponsored the banquet of Stout alumni during 
the state teachers' convention, as they have promised always to do. 
This year nearly a hundred alumni gathered in the banquet room of the 
Hotel Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 

After dinner, the national president, Roy VanDuzee, made some 
suggestions for the furthering of alumni organization and interest. One 
of his valuable suggestions was that every alumnus verify his address 
with the Stout office every fall. It can be seen what a tremendous help 
this can be to the office at Stout which has, to date, assumed most of the 
responsibility for alumni addresses and other details of organizaion. 

Mr. VanDuzee also urged that the progress of the school be watched 


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thru the Alumnus, Stoutonia, and by as frequent visits to Menomonie 
as is possible. 

He hoped for the time when Stout could be relieved of the financing 
of this organ of the alumni, and mentioned the development of an! 
Alumnus subscription list next year. Prom the subscription money, he 
hoped for enough funds to provide for at least a part time alumni sec- 
retary to work wftli Stout officials in the interests of the school's 


Oklahoma Glut Report 

The Alumni and former students of Stout Institute of Oklahoma 
met for their second annual reunion in February, at the Aberdeen Hotel 
in Oklahoma City. During the business session the officers of last year 
Mr. Paul Bell, president, and Miss Flora Wild, Secretary, were re- 
elected for the coming year. The group from Oklahoma City decided to 
meet semi-annually, the next meeting to be early next fall. 

Others present at the luncheon besides Mr. Bell and Miss Wild were: 
Mrs. Paul Bell, Mrs. Ora Bell Burchfeld, Messrs. H. F. Rusch, Richard 
Fauhl, Claude Keenan, J. B. Greene and Arthur Hutchinson. 

—Flora Wild. 
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Twin City Club 

Nearly seventy-five gathered at the Curtis hotel, Minneapolis, for 
the Twin Cities alumni banquet and meeting. The speakers from Stout 
were Mr. Bowman, Miss Michaels, Coach Paulus, and Student Association 
President George Decker. Miss Morland is president of this active Twin 
Cities group. Miss Bell invited the next meeting to the Northern States 
Power Company building where her department will serve luncheon. The 
meeting was held on April IS. 

This club is doing much practical work for Stout, as well as for its 
own members. For instance, they have a contact committee whose 
function is to keep the graduates informed as to changes and progress 
in education at Stout, to keep the school informed of the alumni, and the 
club members in touch with the activities of one another. 

Another committee with a valuable report is the placement group. 
They have surveyed the entire country to compose a list of positions for 
home economics workers other than teaching work, and will make a 
similar survey of all positions open to industrial arts graduates. These 
lists are to be given to the college, and the importance of this service 
can be easily seen. 

The representatives from Stout reviewed the recent months for the 


edification of those gathered at the banquet, and had much to tell, the 
■college having" made several important changes and having gained con- 
siderable valuable recognition during the past year. 

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Other Clubs 

Clubs not mentioned in this division of the magazine should be sure 
that announcements reach the publications office at Stout sometime 
before the next issue. The mailing list is as complete as possible, so an 
advance announcement of a meeting will help remind your club members, 
as well as letting the office know when to expect reports from you. 


Alumni Scholarsmps 

There is just enough space left to mention one of the most interest- 
ing and valuable ways that some of the clubs (the Twin Cities group is 
definitely at work on this) propose to help their Alma Mater in concrete 
form. It is in providing small scholarships each year, to be known as 
the Blank Alumni Club Student Scholarship, to a deserving student, 
perhaps selected by the alumni club itself. Stout has the fewest special 
scholarships of any school of equal calibre in the country. Think this 
over, alumni, and see if you don't think that the Twin Cities club has 
hit upon a practical way to keep itself in perpetual memory on the 
Stout campus. 

An Explanation 

Several of the alumni have wondered at the irregularity of the 
Alumnus. Here is the reason: 

When the last issue was due (about the first of February) the 
Stout print shop was all tied up with the Summer Session Bulletin. The 
:next issue, which should not be due until the first of May, and which 
.should contain much more alumni news (and it would if the editors had 
prepared for the issue by writing letters to club secretaries) has been 
hurried to clear the print shop tracks for the new catalog, the heaviest 
^project the shop has had. 

If this magazine were going to a subscription list, we Would j'have 
It printed outside when necessary. As it is printed with school money, 
it must take the right of way when it can get it. We are, therefore, 
sidetracking a Stoutonia issue and giving you the material which is at 
hand thru voluntary contribution of alumni. 

Again we beseech you: Right after your meetings, please see that 
a report reaches the Alumnus. Then we shall have it when it can be